A documentary which challenges former death-squad leaders to reenact their mass killings.
A 2014 Academy Award-nominee for Best Documentary Feature, THE ACT OF KILLING is an inventive and critically-acclaimed film by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by documentary titans, Werner Herzog (GRIZZLY MAN; INTO THE ABYSS) and Errol Morris (THE THIN BLUE LINE; THE FOG OF WAR).
The filmmakers examine a country where Indonesian death-squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life, mass killings via musical numbers, action and comedy sequences and other genres of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result of Oppenheimer’s daring idea is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
“A masterpiece … and a major achievement.” - The Village Voice